Friday, January 11, 2008

117th human case in Indonesia

Indonesia records it's 117th human case this week, but thankfully the patient is possibly doing better. The case is a 16 year old girl living outside of Jakarta. It seems she became ill after eating eggs after a poultry die off in her neighborhood.

Though the number of cases coming out of Indonesia is disturbing, It worries me that most cases are being reported around Jakarta. Residents around Jakarta would most likely have better access to information about AI, better trained local health and animal health workers and be subject to more information campaigns about AI. Are they just better equipped to identify and report the disease than other areas? How many cases are we not catching elsewhere?

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